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As you already know, we love to shop for fall. On our collective wishlists are every manner of designer goods — even if our bank accounts don’t really facilitate such a lavish shopping spree. Are you in the same boat? There is a solution for when your wishlist is bigger than your means: It’s time to DIY. We’ve rounded up some great fall styles that fetch a pretty penny in stores, but can be made for a fraction of the cost if you’re willing to invest an afternoon or two in a project. Get the Band of Outsiders/Carven/Saint Laurent look with just a bit of elbow grease and creativity.

Buy: Marc by Marc Jacobs Patched Boyfriend Jeans

DIY: Your Own Patched Jeans

Buy: Band of Outsiders Sweater

DIY: Drawn Sweater

Buy: Aurélie Bidermann Wrapped Hoops

DIY: Your Own Wrapped Hoops

Buy: Carven Sweatshirt

DIY: Iron-On Sweatshirt

Buy: Eddie Borgo Tassel Necklace

DIY: Tassel Necklace

Buy: Kotur Perspex Clutch

DIY: Embellished Clutch

Buy: Mary Katrantzou Dress

DIY: Embellished Dress

Buy: Stella McCartney Jeans

DIY: Sharpie Jeans

Buy: Saint Laurent Booties

DIY: Studded Boots

Buy: Sophie Hulme Keychain

DIY: Googly-Eyed Pouch

Buy: Marc by Marc Jacobs Patched Boyfriend Jeans

DIY: Your Own Patched Jeans

Buy: Band of Outsiders Sweater

DIY: Drawn Sweater

Buy: Aurélie Bidermann Wrapped Hoops

DIY: Your Own Wrapped Hoops

Buy: Carven Sweatshirt

DIY: Iron-On Sweatshirt

Buy: Eddie Borgo Tassel Necklace

DIY: Tassel Necklace

Buy: Kotur Perspex Clutch

DIY: Embellished Clutch

Buy: Mary Katrantzou Dress

DIY: Embellished Dress

Buy: Stella McCartney Jeans

DIY: Sharpie Jeans

Buy: Saint Laurent Booties

DIY: Studded Boots

Buy: Sophie Hulme Keychain

DIY: Googly-Eyed Pouch

Buy: Marc by Marc Jacobs Patched Boyfriend Jeans

DIY: Your Own Patched Jeans

Buy: Band of Outsiders Sweater

DIY: Drawn Sweater

Buy: Aurélie Bidermann Wrapped Hoops

DIY: Your Own Wrapped Hoops

Buy: Carven Sweatshirt

DIY: Iron-On Sweatshirt

Buy: Eddie Borgo Tassel Necklace

DIY: Tassel Necklace

Buy: Kotur Perspex Clutch

DIY: Embellished Clutch

Buy: Mary Katrantzou Dress

DIY: Embellished Dress

Buy: Stella McCartney Jeans

DIY: Sharpie Jeans

Buy: Saint Laurent Booties

DIY: Studded Boots

Buy: Sophie Hulme Keychain

DIY: Googly-Eyed Pouch

Buy: Marc by Marc Jacobs Patched Boyfriend Jeans

Sure to be all the rage this fall, these moto-punk hybrid jeans are really cool.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Annie Boyfriend Jeans, $398 at Shopbop.

DIY: Your Own Patched Jeans

To get this cool and punky look, doing it yourself is super easy. Simply grab some nicely-priced denim and find the iron-on patches that speak to you.

Farleigh High Waist Slim Mom Jeans, $72.36 at ASOS.

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Bite Me Embroidered Patch, $3.02
Hand Grenade Embroidered Patch, $3.89
Smiley Face Patch, $3.05
(All available at Rebels Market.)

Total: $82.32

Potential Savings: $315.68

 

Buy: Band of Outsiders Sweater

This sweater is so killer, but we have a better idea…

Band of Outsiders Embroidered Eyelash Crewneck Sweater, $375 at Les Nouvelles.

 

DIY: Drawn Sweater

Use a steady hand and white puff paint to mimic the winky eyelash graphic.

Long-Sleeved Jersey Top, $12.95 at H&M.

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Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint in Slick White, $6.68 at Amazon.

Total: $19.63

Potential Savings: $355.37

Buy: Aurélie Bidermann Wrapped Hoops

These inventive hoops have “DIY me” written all over them.

Aurélie Bidermann Soho Gold-Plated Hoop Earrings, $310 at Net-a-Porter.

DIY: Your Own Wrapped Hoops

Use a dab of glue and your favorite color of embroidery floss to wrap some hoops that need new life.

Mini Gold Knife Edge Oval Hoop Earrings, $6.50 at Claire’s.

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DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss in Very Dark Baby Blue, $0.44 at Herrschners.

Total: $6.94

Potential Savings: $303.06

Buy: Carven Sweatshirt

A cool logo sweat is a must-have, but it comes at a price.

Carven Cropped Sweatshirt, $250 at Shopbop.

DIY: Iron-On Sweatshirt

Instead DIY your own message onto a cheap crewneck.

Melange Sweatshirt, $24.95 at H&M.

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Dritz Iron-On Letters Athletic, $4.79 at Joann.

Total: $29.74

Potential Savings: $220.26

Buy: Eddie Borgo Tassel Necklace

Tassels are really cool, and fine silk makes for an elegant necklace.

Eddie Borgo Small Silk Tassel Pendant Necklace, $160 at Shopbop.

DIY: Tassel Necklace

But these chunky, suede, ready-made tassels are great, too, and ripe for stringing onto your chain of choice.

Fuchsia and Pink Suede Tassel Pendants, $1.79 at Joann.

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Shiny Silver Dainty Chain, $2.39 at Joann.

Total: $4.18

Potential Savings: $155.82

Buy: Kotur Perspex Clutch

This is our pick for an elegant night out.

Kotur Fitzgerald Dragon-Embellished Perspex Clutch, $795 at Net-a-Porter.

DIY: Embellished Clutch

But we’d prefer to personalize it. Just grab this nicely-priced clutch and your stickers/decals of choice, and go to town.

Style London Perspex Clutch Bag, $34.28 at ASOS.

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Martha Stewart Crafts Stickers, Golden Butterflies, $4.43 at Martha Stewart.

Total: $38.71

Potential Savings: $756.29

Buy: Mary Katrantzou Dress

We LOVE Mary Katrantzou’s new minimal direction, and based on the stock quantities of this dress, so does everyone else.

Mary Katrantzou Copelia Embellished Wool Mini Dress, $2,875 at Net-a-Porter.

DIY: Embellished Dress

Instead, grab a frock in a similar silhouette along with some flat-backed rhinestones and glue. Go crazy or add just a bit — the choice is yours.

Take Turns Dress, $88 at Nasty Gal.

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Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive, $14.99 at Artbeads.com.

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Swarovski 2826 5mm Rivoli Snowflake Flatback Crystal AB, $0.58 each at Artbeads.com.

Total: $114.59

Potential Savings: $2,760.41

Buy: Stella McCartney Jeans

These jeans are rad and surprisingly versatile, but not cheap.

Stella McCartney Star Skinny Boyfriend Jeans, $465 at Shopbop.

DIY: Sharpie Jeans

For a quick fix, mix denim and permanent marker for embellished jeans that won’t disappoint.

Mid Rise Distressed Skinny Jeans, $24.80 at Forever 21.

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FabricMate Chisel Tip Fabric Marker in Black, $5.36 at Amazon.

Total: $30.16

Potential Savings: $434.84

Buy: Saint Laurent Booties

Studs somehow manage to make booties even cooler than they already are.

Saint Laurent Lulu Studded Desert Leather Boots, $1,195 at Forward by Elyse Walker.

DIY: Studded Boots

Mimic the look with push-through studs (no glue needed!) and a shoe silhouette you like.

Lace-Up Ankle Boots, $34.95 at H&M.

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Silver Standard English77 Cone Stud Bag of 100, $3.97 at Etsy.

Total: $38.92

Potential Savings: $1,156.08

Buy: Sophie Hulme Keychain

We would be honored to carry this little critter around, but it’s a little out of our key chain budget.

Sophie Hulme Textured-Leather Keychain, $175 at Net-a-Porter.

DIY: Googly-Eyed Pouch

Get the googly look with craft eyes and a basic leather pouch.

Creatology Wiggle Eyes, Assorted, $2.99 at Michaels.

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Faux Leather Zipper Pouch, $12 at Etsy.

Total: $14.99

Potential Savings: $160.01

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